Sensors 2009, 9(11), 9147-9174; doi:10.3390/s91109147
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Reporter Proteins in Whole-Cell Optical Bioreporter Detection Systems, Biosensor Integrations, and Biosensing Applications

The University of Tennessee, The Center for Environmental Biotechnology, 676 Dabney Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996, USA
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Received: 18 September 2009; in revised form: 14 October 2009 / Accepted: 23 October 2009 / Published: 17 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbial Sensors and Biosensors)
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Abstract: Whole-cell, genetically modified bioreporters are designed to emit detectable signals in response to a target analyte or related group of analytes. When integrated with a transducer capable of measuring those signals, a biosensor results that acts as a self-contained analytical system useful in basic and applied environmental, medical, pharmacological, and agricultural sciences. Historically, these devices have focused on signaling proteins such as green fluorescent protein, aequorin, firefly luciferase, and/or bacterial luciferase. The biochemistry and genetic development of these sensor systems as well as the advantages, challenges, and common applications of each one will be discussed.
Keywords: aequorin; bacterial luciferase (Lux); bioreporter; biosensor; firefly luciferase (Luc); green fluorescent protein (GFP)

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Close, D.M.; Ripp, S.; Sayler, G.S. Reporter Proteins in Whole-Cell Optical Bioreporter Detection Systems, Biosensor Integrations, and Biosensing Applications. Sensors 2009, 9, 9147-9174.

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Close DM, Ripp S, Sayler GS. Reporter Proteins in Whole-Cell Optical Bioreporter Detection Systems, Biosensor Integrations, and Biosensing Applications. Sensors. 2009; 9(11):9147-9174.

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Close, Dan M.; Ripp, Steven; Sayler, Gary S. 2009. "Reporter Proteins in Whole-Cell Optical Bioreporter Detection Systems, Biosensor Integrations, and Biosensing Applications." Sensors 9, no. 11: 9147-9174.

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